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What Are Parental Rights & Responsibilites

What Are Parental Rights & Responsibilites

Parents have equal rights to enable them to carry out their responsibilities for their children.


Under the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 parents have equal rights and responsibilities for their children.


Parental Responsibilities

• to safeguard and promote the child’s health, development and welfare

• to provide, in a manner appropriate to the stage of development of the child, direction and guidance

• if the child is not living with the parent, to maintain personal relations and direct contact with the child on a regular basis

• to act as the child’s legal representative.

Parental Rights

• to have the child living with you or otherwise to regulate the child’s residence

• to control, direct or guide, in a manner appropriate to the stage of development of the child, the child’s upbringing

• if the child is not living with you, to maintain personal relations and direct contact with the child on a regular basis

• to act as the child’s legal representative.

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